The Columbus Blue Jackets are getting to play their first game in over a week, and of course the time away came with some updates.
Seth Jones, despite being 'banged up' during play at all-star weekend, is expected to skate tomorrow morning and be ready to go tomorrow night against the Buffalo Sabres, per head coach John Tortorella. Jones did not practice with the team today.
Another update comes from the special teams front. The Blue Jackets just recently hired on former NHL all-star and hall-of-fame player Martin St. Louis as a consultant to their special teams units, and it seems like changes are already being made (whether or not they're directly from St. Louis).
Aaron Portzline of The Athletic tweeted out the units ran with at practice today, and aside from Zach Werenski at the point (since Jones was absent from practice), the first unit seems intact.
#CBJ power play units:
Dont see Seth Jones out for power play work, but perhaps he was delayed getting back from San Jose. Murray could be in his spot.
— Aaron Portzline (@Aportzline) January 28, 2019
But the second unit, which at times has featured the likes of Oliver Bjorkstrand and Markus Nutivaara, has now added Josh Anderson and has Ryan Murray up top.
It's unclear yet between Werenski and Murray who Seth Jones would replace, since he was not on the ice this morning, but you have to figure the three-time all-star will be on one of the units.
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